A high school in Lancashire is set to launch the first army cadet force at a Muslim school in Britain.
The cadet force at Blackburn’s Tauheedul Islam Boys’ High School (TIBHS), a secondary free school for boys, will instruct students in drills, fieldcraft, map reading, first aid and casualty treatment. All activities will be approved by local mosque leaders before being introduced to the participants.
Much like the Etihad Challenge, which works to encourage diversity in the Armed Forces, the school’s cadet force will work to dispel misconceptions about military service, build confidence and skills in the young men taking part and exhibit the range of roles the army can offer.
— TIBHS (@tauheedulboys) November 26, 2018
Along with this, the cadet force at Tauheedul will look to strengthen ties between the Armed Forces and the local community, many of whom are unaware of the long history of Muslims serving this country.
For example, over 400,000 Muslim soldiers fought for Britain in World War I alone, their sacrifice indicative of over 100 years of distinguished service and tradition that continues to this very day.
Muslims have played pivotal roles in the British Armed Forces for more than a century; whether through fighting in the trenches or serving in the countless non-combat jobs necessary to fulfil our efforts across the world.
Joining an army cadet force does not mean joining the army. But whatever the pupils at Tauheedul go on to do in life, we’re sure that those who take part in the school’s cadet force will carry a sense of service, selflessness and duty with them.
And for the students who may have an interest in carrying on their training after school, they will know that the army offers a diverse array of roles for people willing to contribute to what we do.